Focus on basic behaviors – don’t get caught up in details
There is so much health information to be found online and in the media that many (most!) people get bogged down in the details of their fitness and nutrition plan and lose sight of the big picture. Or they suffer from information overload and end up doing nothing at all.
“What proportion of protein to carbs should I be eating?”
“Should I be doing Keto or paleo? Or something else?”
“Should I stop eating gluten?”
“Do I run in the morning or at night? Should I run at all?!”
“Which supplements should I be taking?”
“Should I do 2 sets or 3 sets of strength training?”
“Do I need to be doing CrossFit?”
And on and on and on…
There have been countless studies done on what behaviors lead to good health. The studies compare people who get sick or die with those who stay alive and healthy during a given period of time. A variety of these studies consistently identify 5 main behaviors associated with good health.
- Don’t smoke.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Get 7 hours of sleep.
- Limit alcohol.
These five basic behaviors will have the greatest impact on your daily life and health. There’s nothing wrong with details, sometimes details are important and necessary, just don’t let them take over and cause you to lose sight of what you’re really trying to achieve. If your goal is general health and fitness, then focus on these 5 behaviors. make daily decisions that help you eat well, move and sleep. That’s it.
If you already don’t smoke and/or limit alcohol intake then you’re ahead of the game. I don’t think these behaviors need a lot of explaining. If you do smoke, talk to your doctor or check out programs to help you stop. If you do drink alcohol, do it moderately. For example, limit it to social situations.
The most important thing for the remaining 3 behaviors is consistency.
It really doesn’t matter if you do CrossFit or run marathons or power lift or do yoga or just jump rope in your driveway. Just move. Every day. Move your body and get your heart rate up. Simple as that.
Eating well will help you maintain a healthy weight. Choose simple, whole foods. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and dairy. Limit junk food, fast food and overly processed foods.
Get your butt to bed! We all stay up later than we should thinking we just need to get a few more things done. But regular 5-hours-or-less nights of sleep will wear you down over time. Trust me when I tell you that you will become MORE productive if you leave your to-do list until tomorrow and just go to sleep.
I know for some, figuring out how to eat well and exercise can still be a challenge but don’t sweat the small stuff!
P.S. Message me if I can help you with any of the 5 behaviors mentioned here!